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Default [WaDARC] Weekly Bulletin - May 27 2020


Weekly Bulletin - May 27 2020

Posted: 27 May 2020 03:45 PM PDT


Apologies for the lack of a Weekly Bulletin last week and the lateness of
this one. Ive been heavily engaged in writing specialist software and by
the time I stop every day, its well past time for bed!

Ive been asked to relay the following to all Club members, by Nigel, G3YSW
our RSGB Region 10 rep:

Beyond Exams (BE) is a group of resources brought together by the RSGB
Learning Team with the aim of encouraging participation and highlighting
the diversity of amateur radio. It includes awards and schemes designed to
help amateur radio licence holders and clubs get the most from the hobby.
Whether you are new to amateur radio, want to try a different aspect of the
hobby or find a new challenge, our range of Beyond Exams resources can help.

During these challenging times of the global pandemic, Beyond Exams is an
important part of our β€˜Get on the air to care’ campaign in partnership with
the NHS. We appreciate that in the current climate of necessary social
distancing, some of the activities in the Club and Individual Schemes won’t
be accessible to radio amateurs at the moment so please do follow
government guidelines and only try the activities you can do safely in your
own home.

You can find full details on our website:

The VLT and the Regional Team have been briefed about these resources over
recent months and a pilot took place in Region 13. Further briefings are
already organised and it is anticipated that the schemes will gather
momentum gradually across the country. There will also be an article in the
next issue of RadCom.

There will be no net on GB3WO NEXT Tuesday, as Jonathan, G1EXG will be
presenting a talk via the Internet, on Zoom.

Jonathan has posted details on our Discuss reflector and you should contact
him via that means or direct email to book a place.

The Dutch Amateur Radio Society has reported that since the start of the
Covid 19 lockdowns and travel bans, during contests etc., on 2 metres in
particular, overall maximum distances worked have decreased. They say that
the reason for this is due to lack of pollution, which would otherwise have
reflected signals over greater distances. This is an interesting
observation and ties in with what many of us have been finding when
checking beacons. Beacons are reported as being much weaker than normal
(allowing for regular QSB). One Amateur was about to do a factory reset on
his IC-9700, because he thought that the 2 metre section had gone deaf, so
he was quite pleased to be given this info!

Theres been some talk on the club reflector about DFing noise sources and
Phil, G4UDU has suggested using an SDR RX to display the received signal to
better identify the type of QRM. The new SDRPlay RX that was donated to the
Club, is out on loan at present, but will be available before too long, if
anyone needs to use one for DFing VDSL et al.
CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS – All suspended for the time being and replaced by
nets and online talks.

Interactive talk via Zoom, onΒ*SOTAbeams Laserbeam-vari SSB / CW audio
filter by Jonathan, G1EXG Tuesday 2ndΒ*June 7.00pm onwards Note: Early
start time NO NET on GB3WO
Net each evening (Mon-Thurs) on 3.712MHz – 6.00pm onwards
Net on GB3WO Tuesday 9th June – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Net on GB3WO Tuesday 16th June – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Net on GB3WO Tuesday 23rd June – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Net on GB3WO Tuesday 30th June – 8.00pm-10.00pm

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website:

Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Tuesday – 70cms on GB3WO, FM, 8.00pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday 70cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 7.30am – 8.00am (local)

Weekday evenings – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 6.00pm (local)

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting
this excellent website:

Winter 2019/2020 edition published –
HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without
joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address:

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News
as an email, usually on a Friday

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link:

Highly topical, just seen on Facebook Police Officer leaning into a
vehicle Have you been drinking sir? Answer from driver Yes officer, Ive
been drinking. Im just taking a test drive to see if Im too ****ed to drive!

Vy 73,

Alan. G4GNX

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